Precode Horror
ACE, 1/1953

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Comic Description: Beyond 18 Universal
Grade: 4.5
Certification #: 1264921008
Owner: GAM


Custom Sets: Designed for Delinquency
Precode Horror
Sets Competing: Weird, Spooky, Supernatural Stories  Score: 38
Top POP  Score: 38
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

Beyond #18 is referenced in Geoffrey Wagner’s “Parade of Pleasure” (POP) in the text on pages 81-82.

Wagner describes Beyond #18 as follows “These crime-terror booklets, seemingly on the increase, show a monstrous reiteration of the morbid, of tombs, electric chairs, mortuaries, surgeries, and so forth. Take The BEYOND no 18: its first story tells of a girl who tries to murder her husband, only to find him turn into a phoenix which finally burns her in its embrace… The second is a welter of murders committed by a ‘ghost’. The third concerns a man who finds a severed hand in a Ming dynasty box. This hand steals his girl-friend in a fine scene and eventually strangles the man himself while he is in a strait-jacket in a lunatic asylum… The fourth story starts off with a man dying in the electric chair, but he proves unkillable and returns to life to run a gang of crooks in a city where the police are powerless to stop him with mere bullets. In the end his body decays, rather contradictorily, and ‘Jules Scholler dragged his rotting body to the dump. There, amidst the burning garbage, he committed his tortured soul to the flames.’

As described by Wagner, I have included a scan of the panel of Jules Scholler committing his rotting body to the dump.

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